Following five regional competitions, 15 Award-winning projects including Minimum-energy-school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will now compete in the first global Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The global phase of the competition showcases the best entries from more than 1500 submissions from 118 countries, and encourages innovative, future-oriented and tangible approaches within the building and construction industry.Holcim Awards competition goes global »
Second prize of USD 50,000 went to a minimal energy (minergy) school complex for 1200 students in Rio de Janeiro by a team led by Michael Laar of Rio de Janerio. The project implements a comprehensive series of environmentally sensitive features in a public school facility including natural ventilation, natural lighting with protection from direct solar radiation, and an accessible roof garden.
Prof Vanderley John, Associate Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, Polytechnic School at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and head of the jury said that project was particularly aware of its context: “Instead of manifesting a foreign element in the environment, great care is taken to effectively integrate the series of indoor and outdoor spaces into the natural surroundings, suggesting an expanded conception of ecosystems,” he said.Read more »
The work inventively implements a comprehensive series of environmentally sensitive features in a public school facility. Deserving attention are such features as natural ventilation, natural lighting with protection provided from direct solar radiation, and an accessible roof garden. Although such measures are widely deployed, this project is distinguished as an innovative contribution to the region.
Instead of manifesting a foreign element in the environment, great care is taken to effectively integrate the ensemble of indoor and outdoor spaces into the natural surroundings, suggesting an expanded conception of ecosystems. In addition to these concerns, every attempt has been made to maximize performance of both the architectural and natural systems while assuring their mutual resonance and compatibility.
Also deserving merit is the intensive analysis of the building’s adaptability to changing light conditions throughout the year. Contextual sensitivity is further signaled by the skillful combination of modern expression and responsiveness to local parameters. Stakeholders play a direct role in the design and decision making process. Overall, the work presents a very legible spatial order that is aesthetically cultivated and attuned to the needs of diverse local interests.See more
Schools have always played a significant role in the formation and reinforcement of communities. In this project for a new school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ingenious strategies are devised for nesting the program for an educational facility within a framework of new and innovative solutions for sustainable construction.
Conceived as an arrangement of ecologically sensitive technologies, the scheme plays all the keys of environmental measures to develop a matrix within which the school’s performance is maximized. The careful implementation of green roofs, of façade layers, and of non-toxic building materials work in concert to achieve an economically viable functionality. These features enrich the overall architectural presence of the work and demonstrate that sustainability need not compromise the aesthetic quality of the architecture.Download project entry poster (PDF, 8.19 MB) »See more
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